About the Community of Park Circle
Park Circle, located in North Charleston, is a centrally located park with an unusual layout that includes a popular free frisbee disc golf course.
Originally composed of rice plantations which eventually became subdivided, the planned community of Park Circle was just one of just two “garden city” models in the country. In 1912, a group of Charleston businessmen formed a development company, bought the Burton tract, and began to plan a new community that would include community parks and green space as a central theme.
The 1913 design by William Bell Marquis followed the English Garden City style. The area includes Arts and Crafts type bungalows, with about 17 small parks. Marquis Street is a tribute to the designer and streets such as Durant, Buist, Mixon, Hyde, and O’Hear to some of the other developers. Park Circle was planned with areas reserved for industrial, commercial, and residential usage. It was one of only two English Garden Style city communities in the US and most of the original planning concept remains today. Within the circle itself are 2 baseball fields, a kid’s playground and the Felix C. Davis Community Center. The Park Circle Disc Golf Course goes all the way around the outside of the same circle, using all 8 green area islands (7 with 1 hole, 1 with 2 holes). It was designed by Charleston Disc Golf Club in 2003, with all holes Par 3.
There’s a lot to love about Park Circle.
Park Circle Recreation:
There is an abundance of recreational facilities available for use in Park Circle. The Danny Jones Recreational center has a basketball court, ping pong, tennis, roller hockey, and an Olympic sized swimming pool all available for use.
If you are into Disc Golf, there is a full 18-hole disc golf course available for use year-round. The Felix C. Davis Community Center is also close by which offers anything from Zumba to Youth Baseball fields. Riverfront Park is a bike ride away and offers amazing views of the Cooper River.
Park Circle Restaurants and Nightlife:
Award-winning restaurants, bars, breweries and a handful of shopping options can be found in the Olde North Charleston Business district. Considered “Downtown Park Circle”, this area offers everything from pizza, bars, and music venues! It’s a great place to chill, have a drink and hang out with friends. Here is a list of the many establishments that I have personally visited and love:
Evo Pizzeria – gourmet wood-fired pizza’s, great local beers! (try the pork trifecta!)
Evo Craft Bakery – I just bought a loaf of bread and ate it with salted butter. Amazing.
Madra Rua – Good ol’ Irish Pub. My in-laws love this place.
Park Pizza Co. – My go-to take-out pizza place. Perfect when you’re watching football and you need good pizza.
Dig in the Park – Neighborhood Sports Bar. When you just want to hang outside and play cornhole with friends.
Fratello’s Italian Tavern – This just opened up and it’s Italian food!
Lola – Authentic New Orleans cuisine with a Lowcountry attitude
Azul – Mexican cuisine – if you’re craving tacos, this is the place to go!
The Sparrow – Love when they open up their garage and live music can be heard on the street!
The Mill – Open Mic Mondays. Always a good time!
Stems and Skins – a bar that focuses on quality ferments and distillate
Accent on Wine – Amazing wines, craft beer and gourmet food
Commonhouse Aleworks – a brewery with outdoor lounge space and stage.
Holy City Brewing – Craft brewery featuring a garage-like tasting room with a pool table & live music, plus free tours.
Firefly Distillery – Makers of popular sweet tea vodka and moonshine.
The Orange Spot Coffeehouse – The community coffeeshop where locals sip on coffee and hang out.